The mechanical slot machines will usually be found with 1, 3 or 5 pay lines, and three mechanical drums or reels that contain graphic images. These drums are spun when the player presses a spin button or pulls a handle on the side of the machine. Then the reels are stopped on a payline, displaying the outcome of the spin. The computer chip (EPROM chip) inside the machine, and the random number generator, control this type of machine and where it stops on each of the reels shown. The number of stops on the mechanical drums in this type of machine are limited to a certain number of stops.
While these types of machines are more likely than video slots to give a large payout, they do not payout often. In fact, you need a lot of patience to play this type of machine. On the single-payline variety in particular, you can make spin after spin, either with a spin button or with a large lever on the side of the machine (they still keep these relics of the old days, because a great many people like them), and you will see small to medium payouts on the screen in front of you, and a lot of near-winning combinations that will really test your patience.
Eventually, if you have enough money and patience to stay with it, you are bound to run into a winning combination of some substantial and satisfying size. It’s because of this that the Mechanical slot machine is not as exciting to play as the video slots, which have a lot more going on in terms of sounds, graphics, movement, more lines to play, more money to risk, and the payouts that can be really big. Plus, the video slots offer a variety of bonuses and extra features that the mechanical slots do not offer. But, if you like the look and feel of the Mechanical slot machine (they are so much like the slots of old), if you want to test your own strategies and try for the big jackpots they offer, then go for it. Try your luck. A lot of other people have done so, and have won. So why not you?